Srinagar Burushaski

A Descriptive and Comparative Account with Analyzed Texts


In Srinagar Burushaski: A Descriptive and Comparative Account with Analyzed Texts Sadaf Munshi offers the structural description of a lesser-known regional variety of Burushaski spoken in Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian-administered state of Jammu & Kashmir. The description includes a comprehensive and comparative account of the structural features of Srinagar Burushaski in terms of phonology, morphology, lexicon and syntax. The grammar is supported by an extensive digital corpus housed at the University of North Texas Digital Library. Using contemporary spoken language samples from Srinagar, Nagar, Hunza and Yasin varieties of Burushaski as well as data from the available literature, Munshi provides a thorough understanding of the historical development of Srinagar Burushaski, complementing the existing studies on Burushaski dialectology.
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Biographical Note

Sadaf Munshi, Ph.D. (2006, University of Texas at Austin), is a professor of Linguistics at the University of North Texas (UNT). Her publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals and a digital corpus on Burushaski housed at the UNT Digital Library.

Table of contents

List of Tables, Figures and Maps
Representation of Sounds
Symbols and Abbreviations

1 Introduction
 1.1 Background
 1.2 Emergence of Srinagar Burushaski
 1.3 Database and Methodology
 1.4 Transcription Key
 1.5 Organization of the Book

2 Phonology
 2.1 Phonemic Inventory
 2.2 Syllable Structure
 2.3 Basic Stress Pattern
 2.4 Phonological Processes
 2.5 Conclusion

3 Morpho-Syntax
 3.1 Constituent Order Typology
 3.2 Grammatical Relations, Case, and Agreement
 3.3 Question Formation
 3.4 Clause Combination
 3.5 Non-Finite Clausal Constructions

4 Nominals and Nominal Inflection
 4.1 Nouns and Noun Classes
 4.2 Number
 4.3 Case
 4.4 Personal Pronouns
 4.5 Possessability of Nouns
 4.6 Modifiers

5 Verb Morphology
 5.1 Morphology of the Verb Component
 5.2 Morphology of the Verb ‘Be’
 5.3 D-Prefix Verbs
 5.4 Causative Verbs
 5.5 Negation
 5.6 Imperatives and Prohibitives
 5.7 Participial Forms
 5.8 Optatives
 5.9 Presumptive, Potential, and Dubitative Moods

6 Derivational Morphology
 6.1 Suffixation
 6.2 Compounding
 6.3 Reduplication

7 Dialectal Comparison
 7.1 Phonological Differences
 7.2 Lexical Differences
 7.3 Morpho-Syntactic Differences

Appendix: Sample Texts


Anyone interested in the structure and historical development of the languages of South Asia in general and the Burushaski language in particular.